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April 10, 2017:
“In this digital age, we have an opportunity to transform lives of people in ways that were hard to imagine just couples of decade ago” – remarked Narendra Modi (Prime Minister of India) at Silicon Valley on September 2015.
In this era of digitization, Andhra Pradesh government under the leadership of Shri Chandrababu Naidu has endeavored to provide virtual education to the students of government schools. Education is the bedrock of future generations and the society. Hence, to gratify the indispensable need of an hour, ‘Connect Project’– NRI school connect program was launched as a part of AP Janmabhoomi, a social initiative led by Government of Andhra Pradesh under the guidance of Special Representative of North America, Shri Jayaram Komati.
The NRI School Connect was launched on 3 April 2017 by the Special Representatives of North America, Shri Jayaram Komati from California, USA. The project is deemed as a series of three pilot sessions presently. The novel initiative is expected to grow following the success of three pilot sessions.
What is Connect Project Campaign?
The NRI school connect program is first of its kind initiative by the Government of Andhra Pradesh to virtually connect the NRI Diaspora with the students of government schools. The rationale of this initiative is to endow students with diversified knowledge with the help of NRI settled all across the globe. Though, the Telugu NRI community is disconnected by lands but connected by hearts. With the help of the Initiative, the NRI are given an opportunity to serve their motherland.
Though, the Telugu NRI community is disconnected by lands but unquestionably connected by hearts. With the help of the Initiative, the NRI are given an opportunity to serve their motherland.
The aim of the project is to establish a firm connection between students and NRI through the medium of knowledge.
The interaction entails one-hour discussion between the NRI and students where the first half encompass the presentation by NRI on any relevant topic and the next half is taken up by the NRI as a question answer round.
The technical support is provided by the team of Reliance Jio.
The First Pilot Session – NRI Connect Project
The launch of the first session was undertaken by Mr. Shivaji, NRI from Texas, USA. Mr. Shivaji conducted a session on ‘Human Evolution and Technology’ through an arresting presentation which comprised of videos also.
The session was overall a success and bewitching for the students as well. The inquisitiveness among the students soared as the interaction headed further. Students asked the questions like – How is water formed? ; Is there any without water? ; What is a Galaxy? and so on.
Newsgram contacted Mr. Shivaji, an NRI instructor in the ‘Connect Project’ initiative by the government of Andhra Pradesh.
Students want to learn continuously. We need to give them freedom to share their thoughts, and not just hand them a notebook and pencil. Providing them a virtual platform of interaction will bring them exposure to the kids and impulse the inquisitive side of the child to ask more questions. Digital classrooms will help the students utilize maximum resources to leverage their potential. told Shivaji to Newsgram.
Majority of the students were able to connect with the topic. Quite evident because they kept asking a lot of intriguing questions and participated in the discussions. – remarked Shivaji on the response of the students.
The interaction went remarkably well and it was able to embed some amount of knowledge in the students regarding the topic. According to Shivaji, the education system should be such that it connects the theories and concepts to the outside world.
Second Pilot Session – NRI Connect Project
The second Pilot session was conducted today. Shri Jitendra Chowdary, Vice president of Citi edified the students the importance of the search engine Google. He presented a PPT on how to make a sound career by pursuing an individual’s passion.
He showed that while in the US, how he can know the weather of Cuddapah. This caught the glimpse to all students, one student asked him whether they can know the rainfall in their district? How can they know which land can be cultivated?. The question was tricksome but Shri Jitendra Chowdary answered their questions fairly to each one of them.
The scheduled date for the next interaction is 17 April. To know more about the initiative, click here
Reported by Naina Mishra of Newsgram, Twitter: Nainamishr94
Hackers have stolen crypto tokens worth $120 million from Blockchain-based decentralised finance (DeFi) platform BadgerDAO. Several crypto wallets were drained before the platform could stop the cyber attack. In a tweet, Badger said it has received reports of unauthorised withdrawals of user funds. "As Badger engineers investigate this, all smart contracts have been paused to prevent further withdrawals. Our investigation is ongoing and we will release further information as soon as possible," the company said late on Thursday.
According to the blockchain security and data analytics Peckshield, the various tokens stolen in the attack are worth about $120 million, reports The Verge. According to reports, someone inserted a malicious script in the user interface (UI) of their website. Badger has retained data forensics experts Chainalysis to explore the full scale of the incident and authorities in both the US and Canada have been informed. "Badger is cooperating fully with external investigations as well as proceeding with its own," it said. DeFi is a collective term for financial products and services that are open, decentralised and accessible to anyone. DeFi products open up financial services to anyone with an internet connection and they are largely owned and maintained by their users. While the attack didn't reveal specific flaws within Blockchain tech itself, it managed to exploit the older "web 2.0" technology that most users need to use to perform transactions, according to reports. (IANS/ MBI)
(Keywords: crypto wallets, BadgerDAO, decentralised finance, Blockchain, 120 million, crypto tokens, Hackers)
A total of 120 top Bollywood and other celebrities are expected to attend the wedding of film stars Katrina Kaif and Vicky Kaushal which is scheduled on December 9 in Rajasthan, said Rajendra Kishan, the District Collector (DC) of Sawai Madhopur district of the state on Friday. The District Collector told mediapersons: "These 120 guests shall follow all COVID-19 protocols and fully vaccinated guests will get entry in the much-hyped celebrity wedding."
Kishan said that the organisers have been asked to strictly follow all Covid-19 protocols. Also, those who are not vaccinated, will not be allowed without the negative RT-PCR test report, he added. "We have been informed by organisers that a total of 120 guests are invited to the wedding and the events will take place between December 7 to December 10," he added.
Earlier at 10.30 a.m., Kishan called a meeting which was attended by administrative, police and forest department officials, hotel and event managers to ensure adequate arrangements for crowd control, smooth regulation of traffic, and law and order situation amid the VIP movement. The wedding venue Fort Barwara, that has been converted into a heritage hotel, is situated in the panchayat samiti Chauth Ka Barwara. The venue is around 22 km away from Sawai Madhopur and is around 174 km from Jaipur. Sawai Madhopur district is famous for the Ranthambore National Tiger Reserve and as per reports, the guests are likely to be taken for a tiger safari. (IANS/ MBI)
(Keywords: Rajasthan, December 9, Vicky Kaushal, Katrina Kaif, film stars, celebrities, Bollywood, Katrina-Vicky)
The National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), which confirmed the first two cases of the Omicron variant in Bengaluru on Thursday, is continuously monitoring the situation in four cities - Bengaluru, Hyderabad, New Delhi, and Pune. The NCBS is a part of a consortium of national laboratories performing genomic surveillance across four city clusters. The consortium was established four months ago with support from The Rockefeller Foundation's Pandemic Prevention Institute, and is led by the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) in Hyderabad.
Dr Rakesh Mishra at the CCMB said on Friday that the consortium is continuously monitoring the situation in all the four cities and has upscaled its efforts to sequence as many samples as possible Apart from the CCMB and the NCBS, the consortium includes CSIR-Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology - IGIB in New Delhi and the Pune Knowledge Cluster, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune, and CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory in Pune.
The first case of the Omicron variant was detected in South Africa and reported to the World Health Organization on November 24. | Unsplash
The consortium is focused on upscaling genomic surveillance as part of national efforts led by the INSACOG - Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium - to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic. The consortium intensified its sequencing efforts after the World Health Organisation announced Omicron as a Variant of Concern. Such an intensified effort enabled the Bengaluru team at the NCBS, a member laboratory of INSACOG, in collaboration with Strand Life Sciences and the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), to detect, rapidly sequence and verify the existence of the omicron variant in samples from two Covid-19 infected individuals.
They hope this will aid in a rapid response to contain the spread of variants of concern. Prof Satyajit Mayor from the NCBS conveyed the information to local and national authorities, and the Indian government released a statement on December 2, all within four days of receiving the samples. Both SARS-CoV-2 genomes have also been uploaded to the global repository for SARS-CoV-2 sequences, GISAID, so that they can be publicly available to the scientific community, the NCBS said. (IANS/ MBI)
(Keywords: Hyderabad, New Delhi, Pune, Bengaluru, The National Centre for Biological Sciences, Situation, NCBS, Omicron)